Guild Wars 2 Impressions

Guild Wars 2 has been one of the most anticipated MMORPG games to hit the PC this year. Since I haven’t played the first Guild Wars, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this game aside from the promised no-subscription to play and the dynamic events that happens frequently in the world of Tyria. Having played several MMORPG games like Star Wars: The Old Republic, World of Warcraft, Rift and Tera – almost all of them have in common, thus playing all four makes it seems like I’m playing the same game. With Guild Wars 2, I somewhat see some similarities but in a very good way.

Instead of posting a review, I decided to simply put impressions of my playthrough as I reach the max level of 80. Reviewing a MMO game is pretty much hard to do as things change all the time.

Choose from Many Different Classes and Characters
The moment you start the game, you will be asked to pick what race of character you want to be in from the number that is available on the list. The races range from a Human, Asura, Norn, Charr and a Sylvari. Each of these classes haVE their own unique looks that will have their own story to tell. Picking from the five available races, I picked a human, as that’s what I always pick for every MMORPG that I play. Once I finished my selection as a human, I then proceeded to the classes I want for the human and with classes, they have a lot as well that varies from Necromancer, Hunter, Guardian, Warrior and many more. For my choice, I picked a Guardian who acts as a Paladin. Following my class choice, I then proceed to some sort of a questionnaire where the story of my character will be different and unique. Some of the questions that will be asked are like; were you born on the streets, or raised by a noble family? Others will ask you what type of character are you; charming, or ferocious? These sets of personality questions will help refine the character you’re making as soon as it begins venturing through Tyria. Please remember that for every race you do, you will have a different set of storylines.

A Beautiful World that You Can Explore Freely
As soon as you are done customizing your character, you will then begin your adventure in Tyria. The very moment you begin playing, you will start noticing how beautiful the world is. It may not look as good as TERA but it’s a lot better looking than World of Warcraft. The environments and the world are colorful and vibrant. If you have a powerful GPU to max the settings, do it as you’ll notice the difference.

Since I’m barely level 20, I won’t be able to see much what the game really offers but based on my ten hour playthrough, I’m impressed and addicted as to how Guild Wars 2 is different to other MMOs that I’ve seen and played. For those who don’t know, Guild Wars 2 focuses more on World vs World and PvP, where you will spend most of the time going through the story, do the quests that the world gives you, and later compete with other people in a PvP arenas.

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Mark Fajardo


Mark Fajardo is the Editor-in-Chief of Just Push Start, which means he's somewhat the big boss around here.

6 Comments

  1. ste
    September 2, 2012, 3:41 AM

    I’d just like to clarify a few things:
    The max level is 80 and not 60
    There is no ‘hunter’ of which you speak, so your no doubt referring to the ranger
    You will not ‘participate’ in a battle between races if you are talking about the playable races unless you mean of course in PVP. The game is about uniting everyone in the fight against the Elder Dragon Zhaitan
    Also from the start of the game you can see what the game offers as it doesn’t matter what level you are there will always be something stunning you can take part in
    Guild Wars 2 in no way ‘focuses more on World vs World and PVP’ because even when you complete the game there will be many more PVE things to do and PVP will always be an option
    In the ‘story missions’ or rather the personal storyline a player can play with other players, however they cannot make the choices of the leader
    The ‘quests that you take’ are called renown hearts
    The Dynamic Event medals that are shown are to reflect to you how much you took part in the event (bronze, silver and gold) and not for ‘bragging’
    There are 8 dungeons in the game, which are also instanced and can have up to 5 players and they can be found around every 10 levels from level 30 with 3 and level 80

    Please read about a game before you ‘simply put impressions of my playthrough’

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  2. Mark Fajardo
    September 2, 2012, 4:02 AM

    Hi Steph,

    As I said in my impression, this is my first time playing a Guild Wars game. I apologies I’m not as knowledgeable as you are.

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  3. George Ashmore
    September 2, 2012, 4:28 AM

    @ Ste

    You’re taking this post too seriously dude. This is just an impression, so you gotta expect some things to be wrong. If he was going to verify every fact, then this would have just been a review. That being said, Guild Wars 2 sounds quite fun. I might pick it up after Borderlans 2!

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  4. Haneninja
    September 2, 2012, 8:45 AM

    No he Doesnt need to expect some things to be wrong. You can give your first impressions without presenting a list of misinformation and falsehoods. I mean spend 5 minutes on google fact checking before you write a article.

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  5. Larro
    September 3, 2012, 4:29 AM

    I agree with ste and Haneninja. If you’re going to write a review OR any article on something and post it for the public to read you should get all your facts straight.

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  6. Diego
    September 3, 2012, 3:44 PM

    There is no need to be that serious. Its just his very first impression!

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